SADAH: Where History & Nature Meet [Archives:2001/50/Culture]

December 10 2001


Saleh Abdulbaqi
Yemen Times
The rich history of Yemen is not a mere script reported by historians. The history of this country is still alive wherever one turns his head. One of the great historic faces of Yemen is the city of Sadah, which is an example of how civilized and great Yemenis have been.
A good a number of the city’s mosques and fortresses go back hundreds of years. The city includes 15 districts. Each one of these places is distinguished by its own historic and natural touches.
It is from these places that history began to be reported on rocks. Drawings of different animals, Yemeni caravans, wars, etc. are also there.
There are reported to be 120 well-known historic monuments in the city, including 24 which are registered as tourist destinations. All scripts found reflect the real life of past Yemenis. Drawings of the tools of war, for example, show how much they were involved in fighting. Other scripts record the victories of the old kingdoms. Such scripts also show how the Hymiari writing developed throughout history. One of the important scripts in the city is that found in the Aum Laila district, 65 kilometers to the north of the city. This district has many places where one can enjoy visiting and sight-seeing. There one can see old temples, water catchments, Islamic monuments, scripts, drawings, etc.
Besides the historic treasures of the city, it has been gifted with a fascinating natural beauty manifested in a series of irrigation terraces and vineyards. There are also other farms of oranges and pomegranates.
“Sadah is one of those many Yemeni historic cities that truly reflect different stages of Yemen’s history,” said governor Yahia Ali al-Amodi.
Something that is always repeated when talking about Yemen’s history is that such places are in a dire need of being carefully attended. These destinations can generate good revenue if more attention is paid to them.